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Affordable Housing Waiting List Lottery Opening


The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) will open its waiting list through a lottery system for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and other affordable housing programs beginning on December 10, 2021, at 8:00 AM and closing on December 24, 2021, at 5:00 PM. Applications will be accepted online only. The online application can be accessed at hacsjonline.org. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Waiting lists for specific preferences including Advancement from Transitional Housing Assistance, Family Unification, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Mainstream Vouchers, and Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking or other violent crimes who reside in San Joaquin County will remain open.

Waiting List Lottery selection: At the end of the application period, HACSJ will use a computer-randomized lottery to select 3,000 applicants for placement on the Housing Choice Voucher, and other affordable housing programs waiting list. A preference for assistance will be given to applicants who live or work in the county of San Joaquin. Applicants will receive an email by January 7, 2022, confirming whether or not they have been placed on the waiting list. The time and date of receipt of the pre-application during the open period have no bearing on whether a pre-application will be selected.

Applicants not selected in the lottery will have to reapply for assistance at another time when the waiting lists reopen. For a list of frequently asked questions about the waiting list lottery method, visit our website at hacsjonline.org.

How to apply:
Pre-applications will be accepted online ONLY and may be submitted anytime during the opening time period from any computer with internet access. Other devices such as mobile phones and tablets with internet access may also be used. If your device does not allow you to successfully submit your pre-application, or you if you do not
have a device with internet access, a list of organizations with public computer access is identified below. The online application process should take approximately 2-3 minutes per household member to complete.

Steps to Apply:

  1. An email address is required. It is strongly recommended to create an email account prior to applying. Free email providers are available at yahoo.com, gmail.com, and outlook.com.
  2. All applicants must be registered with HACSJ in Rent Café. To register, go to hacsjonline.org. If you are already registered with HACSJ in Rent Cafe, you do not need to register again. You may select “Applicant Login” and enter your username and password, select “Login” then proceed to Step 4 below.
  3. For new registrants go to hacsjonline.org:
    • Select “Applicant Login”
    • Select “Click Here to Register”
    • Select “I want to apply”
    • Select “I do not have a registration code”
    • Fill in personal details
    • Fill in account information. It is important to remember this information as it will be needed later to access your account.
  4. You must complete the application questions. You will need:
    • Social Security numbers and dates or birth for all family members listed on the pre-application.
    • Total gross annual income for all family members listed on the pre-application.
  5. You will receive an email confirming submission of your pre-application. You may also log in at any time to view your pre-application.
  6. The confirmation email does not guarantee that your pre-application was selected for the lottery. It confirms that your pre-application was received.
  7. You will receive an email within two weeks confirming whether or not your pre-application was selected via the randomized lottery. You may also log into Rent Café to confirm your status.

Free public computer access is available at the following locations throughout the San Joaquin County (check with agency for operational hours):

Community Partnership for Families –

4707 Kentfield Rd., Suite C – Stockton 95207 – (209) 644-8605

5506 Tam O’Shanter Drive – Stockton 95210 – (209) 373-2481

631 East Oak Street – Lodi 95240 – (209) 269-8262

El Concilio California –

1215 W. Center St. – Manteca 95337 – (209) 249-2100

95 West 11th St. – Tracy 95376 – (209) 820-5900

Family Resource and Referral Center (Call for appointment)

509 W. Weber Ave. Ste. 104 – Stockton 95203

Stockton-San Joaquin Public Libraries – Please refer to ssjcpl.org for operational hours

Chavez Library – 605 N. El Dorado St. – Stockton 95202

Troke Library – 502 W. Benjamin Holt Dr. – Stockton 95207

Angelou Library – 2324 Pock Ln. – Stockton 95206

Fair Oaks Library -2370 E. Main St. – Stockton 95205

Weston Ranch Library – 1453 W. French Camp Rd. – Stockton 95206

Arnold Rue Library – 5758 Lorraine Ave. – Stockton 95210

Lathrop – 450 Spartan Way – Lathrop 95330

Linden – 19059 E. Main St. – Linden 95236

Manteca – 320 W. Center St. – Manteca 95336

Mountain House – 250 East Main St. – Mountain House 95391

Ripon – 333 W. Main St. – Ripon 95336

Thornton – 26341 N. Thornton Rd. – Thornton 95686

Tracy – 20 Eaton Ave. – Tracy 95376

Reasonable Accommodation and Computer/Internet Access:
For persons with disabilities: If the public computer centers do not meet your needs, a reasonable accommodation may be requested. A request for reasonable accommodation should be received by HACSJ no later than December 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. so that we have time to assist you before the waiting list closes. Requests can be made by submitting an email to rc_portal@hacsj.org or by leaving a voicemail at (209) 460-5002. Be sure to clearly state your name, telephone number and the accommodation that you are requesting (e.g., I am a home-bound disabled person without Internet access who needs assistance with submitting my pre-application). Do not provide medical details of the disability in your email or voicemail.

Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Assisted Housing, or designee, the Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator is responsible for providing comprehensive case management services to Section 8 and Public Housing residents.  Responsibilities include ensuring the program meets HUD’s Performance Measurement System.  Develop individual case plans, coordinate community resources and general case management. Strategically plan outreach efforts with a focus on zero to very low income households in an effort to increase earnings through employment.

Procurement & Risk Manager

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Business Services, this position will plan, organize, control, and direct the operations and activities of Purchasing, Contracts, and Insurance, including property and liability insurance procurement, and Risk Management. Provide short-term and long-term planning and assure compliance with local, state, and federal laws, codes, ordinances, and Authority policies and procedures.

We are NOT looking for someone who keeps their head down and minds their own business— in fact; we want your natural curiosity to motivate you to dig deep for answers! We need someone who will carefully weigh all the available information to help the department maintain program compliance with HUD regulations.



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Throughout California, many households are struggling to afford rent. Due to a decrease in incomes, and rental rates skyrocketing across the country, some households simply aren’t making enough to keep up. According to the federal government, if a tenant pays 30% or less of their income towards rent, it is considered affordable. Otherwise, it is deemed a rent burden, an issue that especially affects low to moderate income households. As the median family income for San Joaquin County is $74,000 – a decrease of $1,000 from 2020 – this means that rents are out of reach for the most financially insecure families.

The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) is continually strategizing to make affordable housing available, both now and in the future, through the Project Based Voucher Program (PBV) program. A component of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, PBVs provide rental assistance for eligible individuals and families occupying specific units that are managed by private owners who have agreements with the housing authority. PBV assistance is attached to the housing units, while HACSJ manages the waiting list.

In June 2021, a request for proposals allowed HACSJ to make 100 PBVs available to existing residential units, making them affordable to the current households. Local landlords competed for these vouchers, and awards were made to Casa Manana Apartments (Domus Development), Dewey Apartments and Grant Village Apartments (Visionary Homebuilders), and Cal Weber 40 Apartments (DFA Development). There are now 19 properties in San Joaquin County with PBVs, totaling 696 affordable housing rental units.

“The residents at Cal Weber 40 Apartments represent the community of Downtown Stockton,” stated Christopher Flaherty, Co-Managing partner of DFA Development. “And their ability to afford a wonderful place to live is provided by the Housing Authority of San Joaquin’s support through its Project Based Voucher progam.”

“The Project Based Vouchers that the San Joaquin County Housing Authority recently awarded to Casa Manana Inn, which are in addition to a previous award received five years ago, not only provides added affordability to current and future residents, they also ensure the operating stability of the property that has served the community for over 55 years,” said Maurice Ramirez, President of Domus Development. “They allow us to keep and further our mission to provide deeply affordable rents for our senior residents.”

Future PBV opportunities will be published on www.publicpurchase.com as well as in the local newspapers.


HACSJ Announces Incentives for Landlords Willing to Partner to Meet Rental Housing Need in San Joaquin County.

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Stockton, CA (November 2021) – California’s shortage of affordable housing continues to affect some of the most vulnerable citizens of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Solutions have been difficult to achieve, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have only increased the challenges faced by low-income renters.

In order to maintain housing stability, low-income households need rental subsidies. The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) assists over 4,300 San Joaquin County residents with monthly rent assistance and supporting housing stability for homeless veterans, the elderly, and families moving from shelters and transitional housing programs. Currently, there are over 400 new families with vouchers seeking a home to rent, but landlord awareness and engagement is needed to really make inroads in housing stability.

“These rental assistance programs rely on the private rental market to connect low-income households to stable housing and are often unable to serve that mission when landlords are unwilling to rent to these deserving families in the most competitive housing market in San Joaquin County’s history,” explained Tom Patti, Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. “The landlord voucher and incentive program is a common-sense solution that will provide property owners the support they need to offer housing to low-income individuals who have a reliable government subsidized voucher to pay the rent each month. With all of this assistance available, landlords can play a vital role in helping people get off the streets and placed into secure, affordable housing.”

We have unprecedented housing assistance from the American Rescue Plan, including landlord incentives that are first in our community, to help people transitioning from homelessness,” added Peter W. Ragsdale, Executive Director of HACSJ. “We need to find a way to collaborate and not let this opportunity go to waste.” HACSJ received 232 Emergency Housing Vouchers representing $3.5 million dollars of housing assistance at full utilization.

HACSJ has taken several steps to enhance the Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly known as Section 8, by hiring two housing navigators. The navigators provide a critical service to low-income households by locating rental units, acting as advocates and negotiators, and assisting participants in becoming document-ready. With funds from the City of Stockton, the County of San Joaquin, and HUD, HACSJ can offer incentives to encourage landlords to lease their property to families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

We could get dozens of families out of shelters and into housing this minute if there were apartments available,” said Jon Mendelson, director of Central Valley Low Income Housing Corp. Separate from the housing authority, CVLIHC provides housing support to more than 300 homeless households each month, and Mendelson said they have more than 125 households currently approved for assistance who can’t find homes. “We need landlords who will partner with us to address our housing crisis.”

For landlords interested in providing housing for homeless families and families at risk of homelessness, incentives include security deposit assistance, unit repairs, start utility service, rental application fees, vacancy loss payments, and a one-time leasing bonus.

“Stockton has been affected by the housing shortage throughout California which has impacted the availability and affordability of units,” stated Stockton’s mayor, Kevin Lincoln. “It is critical that we do everything we can to increase access to affordable rental units in Stockton, especially for our low-income families with vouchers, who are ready to transition out of shelters and into housing. We hope this program will incentivize landlords to open up housing opportunities for our most vulnerable residents, that will create housing stability, and prevent future homelessness in our city.”

HACSJ will be hosting a press conference regarding this opportunity that will include representatives from San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and Stockton City Council, on Friday, November 12, at 9:30 AM at 2575 Grand Canal Blvd. in Stockton.


11 pre-manufactured homes built for homeless in Stockton

'You're safe' | 11 pre-manufactured homes built for homeless in Stockton

11 pre-manufactured homes have been built for the homeless in South Stockton.

Called Turnpike Commons, the $4 million project was funded with HEAP or Homeless Emergency Aid Program funds from the state, as well as a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Stockton and a grant from Wells Fargo Bank.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin, Stockton low income housing non-profit S.T.A.N.D., Central Valley Low Income Housing Corp. and Stockton Shelter for the Homeless collaborated to make the project on Turnpike Road happen.

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HEAP Funds Providing Homes for the Homeless

HEAP Funds Providing Homes for the Homeless

Stockton, CA – The Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin (H.A.C.S.J.), in partnership with S.T.A.N.D, Central Valley Low Income Housing Corp. (C.V.L.I.H.C.), and Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (S.S.H.) have partnered to create Turnpike Commons, an 11-unit permanent supportive housing development for families transitioning from homelessness. The project utilized pre-manufactured housing ranging from 480 to 889 square feet to effectively reduce costs and construction times. To celebrate the completion of Turnpike Commons, the H.A.C.S.J. and its partners will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a tour of the property, on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Beverages and light fare will be served at 10 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. Turnpike Commons is located at 1608 Turnpike Road, in Stockton.

“These manufactured homes are a potentially quicker and lower-cost opportunity to increase local housing stock and bring units online, in addition to new construction and adapting commercial buildings for housing,” said Peter Ragsdale, Executive Director of the Housing Authority County of San Joaquin. “The demand for housing in San Joaquin County has surpassed supply to the point of crisis, so meaningful housing opportunities and self-sufficiency programs that foster housing stability,” Ragsdale said.

The bulk of funding for Turnpike Commons was provided by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) awarded by the San Joaquin Continuum of Care. Additional funding came from the City of Stockton Community Development Block Grant, and a grant from Wells Fargo Bank.

The success of Turnpike Commons is built upon partnerships, and each partner provides a critical resource for the project’s success. Delta Community Developers Corp., the non-profit arm of H.A.C.S.J., was responsible for site development and construction, including the final placement of the manufactured homes. Stockton Shelter for the Homeless will refer families directly from their programs and provide ongoing case management to help families avoid returning to homelessness. Central Valley Housing will refer several of its chronically homeless clients to the remaining units, and will also provide ongoing case management. STAND Affordable Housing will provide property management services.

Fred Sheil, Administrator for STAND, highlights that “as this project demonstrates, Stockton has vacant lots, vacant houses and blighted properties all over the city. Let’s buy, build and rehabilitate and end homelessness.”

According to Jon Mendelson, director of Central Valley Housing, the project is an example of the investment and vision needed to address homelessness in Stockton and San Joaquin County.
“Stockton Shelter for the Homeless is very proud of the innovative work of this partnership and excited to have housing to send our clients to after they complete their shelter program and will graduate to their own homes,” commented JoLyn McMillian, CEO of the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless.
“Housing ends homelessness, and Turnpike Commons directly places homeless people into housing,” Mendelson said. “This is the way we reduce the number of people living in shelters and in encampments by the highway. We build housing and provide the support so people have a path to self-sufficiency.”

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The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin is in the process of updating its affordable housing waiting lists.  If you have a current application on one or more affordable housing waiting list(s), you are required to update your application(s).

NOTE: If HACSJ does not receive your “Save My Spot” waiting list update by August 30, 2021, your application(s) will be withdrawn from all waiting list(s). The “Save My Spot” option will not be available after September 30, 2021.

All changes to the waiting list applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, need assistance understanding, or completing the process, please call our Online Portal Hotline at (209) 460-5002 or email RC_Portal@hacsj.org.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Stockton’s Newest Affordable Housing Community

On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting event took place to celebrate the completion of the third phase of the new and affordable Crossway Residences project to support those in need. The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) and the San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services (SJCBHS) partnered together to convert former HACSJ’s administrative offices into studio apartments for the clients of SJCBHS.